This book is absolutely brilliant. That’s all I need to say. However, I’m thinking you might want a bit more detail than that somehow.

It’s the story of Alice Henderson, a journalist on a fairly small local paper. As the book begins, Alice has just received a call at work from a man who says he is going to cut her with cheese wire. Not exactly an average day at work, even for a journalist. She realises that this may not be the first time she’s heard from this guy and yes, they appear to be linked by the fact that they always happen on a Wednesday.

It’s a fascinating premise for a story but what really makes this one stand out is the quality of the writing. I found I couldn’t put it down and I was desperate to know who on earth was stalking Alice.

Her boyfriend, Tom, hires a private investigator ex-cop called Matthew. Most of the chapters are told from Alice’s point of view as she negotiates the terror that she is feeling whilst trying to get on with some semblance of normality and also dealing with a very ill mother. We also have the odd chapter that follows Matthew, his home life and the investigation. In a way, in other hands these chapters might not have fitted at all, but again the writing and the way Driscoll pulls all the threads together make it work incredibly well.

We also hear about a young boy, living with his gran, growing up with little money and a difficult life at times. Yet he knows real love from his gran and he loves her in turn. How these sections link in isn’t clear but I was gripped by them. I kept trying to put the strands together but I couldn’t for a long time and I love that the author did such a great job of keeping me wondering.

I’m very disappointed now that I’ve not read any of Teresa Driscoll’s books before. If they’re like this one then I’ve missed out. I won’t make that mistake again. I Will Make You Pay is thrilling, chilling, moving at times, and I was totally unnerved by it. What an awful situation for Alice. It’s a psychological thriller with a very human element which made me care for the characters, and an edge of the seat vibe. Perfect, I would say!

Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes, 5/5

I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll
Thomas & Mercer 9781542092234 pbk Oct 2019